Although it is only a small step, a bill sponsored by Representative Jerry Nolte (R-Gladstone) in the Missouri House of Representatives is at least a step in the right direction. If the bill is passed and signed into law, state colleges and universities would be prohibited from enrolling illegal immigrants.
Enrollment at a taxpayer supported college or university is such a benefit and a privilege that should be withheld from individuals whose presence in the country is not permitted by law.
That seems simple and obvious to me but apparently it is not obvious to everyone. In a Post-Dispatch article, two critics of the proposal are quoted. Ed Wildberger (D-St. Joseph) believes that the bill "punishes children for their parents' mistakes." Indeed, the illegal immigrant collegian's parents may have broken the law, these young adults are also breaking the law. Neither they nor their parents should be receiving benefits from the state, like enrollment in a state college or university.
More troubling is the criticism of House Minority Leader Paul LeVota (D-Independence). LeVota said that this proposal doesn't address the real immigration problem facing the state - employment of illegal aliens. That statement is certainly true. But it isn't a valid criticism of this proposal. Pass this bill to prohibit enrollment of illegal immigrants in colleges and universities. Then, Rep. LeVota, try sponsoring a bill that does something about employment of illegal immigrants as well.